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Vernon Wallace Thomson

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Preceded by  Gardner R. Withrow
Political party  Republican
Succeeded by  Alvin Baldus
Preceded by  Thomas E. Fairchild
Party  Republican Party

Education  Carroll University
Lieutenant  Warren P. Knowles
Name  Vernon Thomson
Resigned  January 5, 1959
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Born  November 5, 1905 Richland, Wisconsin (1905-11-05)
Role  Former Governor of Wisconsin
Died  April 2, 1988, Washington, D.C., United States
Previous office  Governor of Wisconsin (1957–1959)

Preceded by  Walter J. Kohler, Jr.

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Vernon Wallace Thomson (November 5, 1905 – April 2, 1988) was the 34th Governor of Wisconsin from 1957 to 1959.


Early life and education

Vernon Thomson was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He attended what is now Carroll University, in 1925, but graduated from what is now the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in 1927, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. In 1932, he received his law degree and practiced law.


Thomson became involved in the Republican Party. He was mayor of Richland Center from 1944 to 1951 and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1935 to 1951, and served as Speaker of the Assembly from 1939 to 1945. He served as Attorney General of Wisconsin from 1951 to 1957. In 1956, he was elected governor of Wisconsin, defeating William Proxmire; he was defeated for reelection as governor in 1958 by Gaylord Nelson.

In 1960, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district. He served in the 87th and was reelected to the six succeeding congresses. He was defeated for reelection in 1974, losing to Alvin Baldus. He resigned before the official end of his term, overall serving from January 3, 1961 till December 31, 1974. Thomson was a member of the Federal Elections Commission.

Thomson died in Washington, D.C. and was buried in Richland Center, Wisconsin.


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